The Jacksonville Jaguars surprised the NFL back in 2014 when the team selected quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick, and now just eight years later, he is hanging up his cleats for good.
Bortles revealed to Barstool Sports’ “Pardon My Take” in a recent podcast episode that he has retired.
“I have not touched a football since January. I have officially retired, but I didn’t tell anybody I retired. A couple of months ago, probably, just didn’t tell anyone. So, I guess you guys are kind of the first to hear it publicly, maybe?”
Bortles did say he would make a comeback if a team was “dumb enough” to offer him a significant deal.
“Absolutely. Two [years] for $15 million? I would be there in a heartbeat. I’m pretty set with where I’m at in the decision. I mean, I think if somebody were dumb enough to offer that kind of money, then it’s kind of hard to pass on.”
While he’s officially retired, many NFL fans took to Twitter in amazement, because they assumed he retired years ago.
The 30-year-old was a standout quarterback at UCF, where he recorded 7,598 passing yards and 56 touchdown passes in 37 games.
Bortles will be best remembered for taking the Jacksonville Jaguars to the AFC title game, where they nearly took down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in 2017.
He played for Jacksonville from 2014 to 2017. He recorded 17,646 passing yards and 103 touchdown passes.